The Brooklyn Nets didn't have a lot of athleticism last year, and their point guards this year have struggled with injuries. No more problems there. Watch as point center Andray Blatche lofted an alley-oop from beyond the three-point line a little too high, and Mason Plumlee, the seven-footer with the 36" vertical, reaches high above the rim to slam it down.
At 4-11, the Brooklyn Nets aren't very good. They're at the bottom of the NBA in defensive efficiency and their offense isn't much better. Three players skipped the team's two-game road trip with injuries, and a fourth missed seven straight games heading into tonight.
LOS ANGELES, C.A. -— No player, coach, or GM will ever tell you openly that a team's priorities lie anywhere other than squarely on winning a game on any given night. Saturday the Brooklyn Nets tiptoed carefully along that line, bolstering the suspicion that they're playing the long game: less concerned with nightly results and fixated instead on the holistic process.
Ask any of the Nets about their 110-103 defeat at the hands of the Los Angeles Clippers, and he'll stress that this was a process loss, with the obligatory lip service that a win is a win and a loss yields nothing.
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Today and tomorrow, we're going to look at six things we've seen from the Brooklyn Nets in the first six games. Here's part one.
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"We're getting the belt, we're getting one made."
"Dray made a belt out of athletic wrap, so now it's a big deal. We get a crowd, the GM always comes out to see who wins, the coaches want to know who wins."
"Dray has a little asterisk next to his win today. That's all I'm saying."
After each practice, Brooklyn Nets centers Brook Lopez and Andray Blatche go toe-to-toe in a competition that elicited all these responses. Find out what the competition was here.
Here is a statline from tonight's game: 24 minutes, 14 points, 5-15 FG, 2-6 3PT, 5 REB, 1 TO, 1 BLK. Can you guess who it is? ... MORE →
In a between-quarters interview with Joe Johnson in Wednesday night's preseason game with the Boston Celtics, Andray Blatche decided to make a little fun out of the seriousness. While Johnson talks about chemistry and the team's offense and getting everyone on the right page and all that mess, Andray Blatche focuses on what really matters: making Sarah Kustok uncomfortable. This should be a fun season.
Boston Celtics guard Jason Terry (4) and forward Jared Sullinger (7) defend Brooklyn Nets forward Andray Blatche (0) in the second half of their NBA preseason basketball game at Barclays Center, Thursday, Oct. 18, 2012, in New York. The Celtics won 115-85. (AP Photo/Kathy Willens)
It was a "typical NBA fight," according to Brooklyn Nets guard Deron Williams, but it's not something the Nets are accustomed to just yet. Nets forwards Mirza Teletovic and Andray Blatche squared off during a scrimmage at Sunday's practice, as both had to be held back by teammates.
From the Wall Street Journal:
reserves Mirza Teletovic and Andray Blatche tried to attack each other before being separated and exchanging a few words from a safe distance.
After watching his listless defense yield 50 points in the paint during Saturday's 99-88 preseason loss to the visiting Detroit Pistons, Jason Kidd was happy to see some fire.
"This team is put together to compete at a high level and you saw that," Kidd said of the scuffle, which occurred during the open-media portion of Sunday's practice. "There's nothing wrong with competition. Tempers might flare."
Neither player spoke with the media on Sunday.
Both Blatche and Teletovic are with the team today in Philadelphia and active.
Wall Street Journal -- A Day After Getting Pushed Around, Nets Get Feisty (With Each Other)
"Had a great time hooping in Jamica. #Respect" (Image via Reggie Evans on Instagram)
Brooklyn Nets center Andray Blatche's list of off-court transgressions are numerous and lengthy, and they're usually not positive. But each offseason, Blatche does do a bit of good quietly, and invited a teammate along with him this time around.
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